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BCHCPatchSmThanks to the Backcountry Horsemen of California for inviting me to present at their annual Rendezvous from March 18 to 20 in Angels Camp, California.  BCHC works to preserve, protect and maintain backcountry trails, campsites, streams and meadows on public lands as well as to promote good trail manners.  The 3 Mules were guests at the 2013 Rendezvous when it was held in Norco and were able to meet with many of the attendees.
Best regards,

Video Presentation and Fundraising Event Sept. 10 in Bay Area

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You are invited to a reception and screening for MULE Living on the Outside
Thursday, September 10th, 7pm

We need your help to complete this important two-year film project. Emmy Award-winning filmmaker John McDonald will discuss the film and show selected scenes. Come for wine, hors d’oeuvres and a tour of the ranch.


You can also learn more and donate at

Rawking Horse Ranch 1131 Bear Creek Road, Briones (see map below)
For more information visit

Please RSVP to
JoAnn Gillespie (707) 752-9010 ext 16
Melissa Austin (415) 260-2232

Mules Go To School

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I accompanied “The Mules” to Anacapa School in Santa Barbara where the students, grades 7 to 12, were able to interact with the animals and the man.  I didn’t have my pro video camera with me but was able to capture this on my iPhone (until the memory ran out). I’m certain this was an experience these kids will remember for the rest of their lives.  I hope more opportunities like this will happen in the future.  CLICK HERE TO SEE VIDEO

Below is a story that appeared in yesterday’s “Trail Talk” section of the Montecito Journal.

Click to read Lynn Kirst’s entire article and see photos.

Backcountry Horsemen Old Spanish Trail Trek

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Richard Waller, President of Backcountry Horsemen of California, is leading a 1,090-mile ride along the Old Spanish Trail that will take an estimated 66 days.  The first leg of the trip begins October 9.    You can learn more about this historical journey on the Website and Facebook page.  Richard has met Mule a few times and been interviewed for the documentary.

Arraignment at US District Court

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The Mules attended arraignment at US District Court in LA for the 3 citations received in May while spending the night on land under jurisdiction of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. A “not guilty” plea was entered and trial date is set for November 6 at which time the Mules will return to LA. I was not allowed to film inside the court room but did film outside. Photo is at 6am at spot where the Mules spent the night not far from the courthouse. City Hall is in the background.

packing with LA City Hall in bg

Dr. Bob Miller & His Mule, Scooter

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Yesterday, I had the pleasure of visiting Dr. Robert Miller DVM at his home in Thousand Oaks, CA. He is known for “Imprint Training” when a foal is born. I also met his 27-year-old mule, Scooter, who you can see in this video when it was a 3-week old.